Colville pulls some surprises in rare home meet at Dominion Meadows

Carpenter, Leelead the wayLast Wednesday afternoon, Colville hosted both the East Valley Knights and Clarkston Bantams in a Great Northern League double duel cross- country race at Dominion Meadows Golf Course, arguably the best location in the Great Northern League.The CHS harriers entered competition as decisive underdogs. By the end of the day, that designation was in serious question as the Indians ran what coach Dean Fischer called their best team effort of the season. Splitting the double bill, Colville’s boys easily ran past the Bantams 19-38, and came within striking distance of East Valley, eventually falling 20-31 to the Knights. “Considering East Valley has been among some early season picks to take the GNL title, I think we had a powerful showing,” Fischer said. “Our guys took an important step forward.” With only three girls running for the Indians, the team outcome for the CHS girls was set before the race began. Pease breakthroughHowever, it was the duo of Megan Lee and Nyshel Pease that may have stolen Wednesday’s show. At the starting line, everyone was well aware of the speed of West Valley running veteran, McCall Skye. It was no surprise when Skye moved quickly out front and extended her lead throughout the race, winning going away.However, for the Indians, it was Megan Lee, continuing her string of impressive runs. She served notice that she will be a factor in the GNL. Lee, in her first season, quickly moved to the head of the lead pack. By the mile mark, Lee found herself running well ahead of the pack, in a race for second with Clarkston’s Lindsey Heflin. According to Coach Fischer, “Megan just gets better and better each week. She is learning to pace herself, and is figuring out when she needs to make adjustments in her race strategy.” At the finish line, it was Heflin finishing second and Lee third in a talented field. In what was a pleasant surprise for Colville, Pease ran a breakout race. Pease, according to Fischer, has been struggling in meets since a couple of disappointing finishes toward the end of last season. Nyshel broke out today,” Fischer said of the three-way at Dominion Meadows. “She looked strong and you could sense she had her take no prisoners attitude back in place.” On the day, Pease finished an impressive eighth place over the scenic, rolling fairways of Dominion Meadows.Top GNL trioFor Colville’s boys, it was standout Kevin Carpenter running up front, but chasing the East Valley duo of Scott Kopcynski and Chad Stevens. With three of the State’s best 2A runners competing in a duel, the race was of significance to those who thrive on statistical analysis and time comparisons. At the end, it was Kopcynski, Stevens, and Carpenter finishing one, two, three, well ahead of the remainder of the field. **See full story in this week's Statesman Examiner**